Queensland construction jobs 2015/16. Training initiatives and project pipeline

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Queensland Construction JobsConstruction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has released its 2015-2016 Annual Training Plan, outlining a targeted strategy to help the industry adapt to a complex and changing landscape.

The industry’s peak support body will invest more than $33.5 million in training and skilling initiatives to assist Queensland’s building and construction career seekers, apprentices, workers and employers over the next 12 months.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the cyclical nature of the construction industry was nothing new.

“Currently we are seeing a reduction in the engineering construction sector, which has been offset partially by some growth in the residential sector.

“Construction continues to be a significant industry contributor to state growth in Queensland so it’s vital that we invest in training and build a skilled workforce capable of delivering the projects of the future,” he said.

Mr Schimming said skilling and workforce development required a regional focus.

“We’re now focusing on the regions in a much more precise way, with workforce analysis and planning building a clear picture of the occupations that will be strategically important in the future.

“CSQ recognises that workforce trends vary considerably across the state, so we have developed detailed regional plans to help us carefully target our skilling programs and investment.

In addition to changes in workforce demand, Mr Schimming said new technologies were starting to have an impact on the industry.

“We now have 3D printers, ‘cool bricks’ and increasingly sophisticated building software. New technology is enhancing project collaboration and we are designing better and building faster,” he said.

“There has also been a rapid increase in the number of buildings and dwellings using pre-fabricated components.

“We are straddling a technology gap, at one end of the spectrum we have a generation who have never been without a mobile phone, and at the other are those who never even touch a computer.

“This highlights how important it is to keep training and skilling throughout your career. You have to keep up to date with the changes. There will definitely be an increasing demand for specialist knowledge in the future.”

CSQ offers funding for a number of short courses which can help workers in the industry to upskill. For more information about CSQ programs and services visit www.csq.org.au or phone 1800 798 488.

Queensland Major Projects Pipeline:

Greater Brisbane

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 102,100 persons

• Underground Bus and Train Project: status EIS stage, estimated value $5 billion
• Queens Wharf: status preferred proponent announced
• RNA Redevelopment (Stages 4 to 10): status commenced
• Racecourse Redevelopment: status development approval, estimated value $1.2 billion
• Brisbane Airport New Parallel Runway: status construction commenced, estimate value $1.35 billion

Cairns

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 10,400 persons

• Aquis Integrated Resort Development: status approved with conditions, estimated value $8.15 billion
• Ella Bay Integrated Resort: status approved with conditions
• Cairns Airport Redevelopment: estimated value $1 billion
• Cairns Hospital Redevelopment: status construction commenced, estimated value $454.6 million
• Bruce Highway Cairns Southern Approach (Stage 2)

Darling Downs – Toowoomba

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 9,400 persons

• Inland Mainline Freight Rail
• Arrow Gas and Water Treatment Facilities
• Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: estimated value $1.6 billion
• Nathan Dam and Pipelines: estimated value $1.4 billion

Fitzroy

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 13,500 persons

• Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail: status approved with conditions, estimated value $16.5 billion
• China Stone Coal: status EIS stage, estimated value $6.7 billion
• Alpha Coal: status approved with conditions, estimated value $6.8 billion
• Galilee Coal Project: status approved with conditions, estimated value $6.4 billion
• Kevin’s Corner Project: status approved with conditions, estimated value $6 billion
• South Galilee Coal: status approved with conditions, estimated value $4.2 billion

Gold Coast

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 34,800 persons

• Gold Coast Rapid Transit
• Varsity Lakes to Elanora Extension
• Commonwealth Games Village: status early site works underway, estimated value $550 million
• Gold Coast International Marine Precinct: status approved with conditions, estimated value $390 million
• Jupiters Casino Expansion: estimated value $345 million

Mackay

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 34,800 persons

• Abbot Point Coal Terminal – Stage 3: status approved with conditions
• Grosvenor Coking Coal Mine: status construction commenced, estimated value $1.4 billion
• Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1: status design phase, estimated value $565 million
• Bruce Highway – Sarina to Cairns

Sunshine Coast

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 16,300 persons

• Landsborough to Nambour Rail Upgrade: status approved with conditions
• Bruce Highway – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Coast Motorway (Stage 2)
• Mooloolah River Interchange
• Sunshine Coast Plaza Expansion: status approved, estimated value $350 million
• Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion: status EIS stage, $347 million

Townsville

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 10,100 persons

• Townsville Port Expansion: status EIS stage, estimated value $1.49 billion
• Bruce Highway – Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade: estimated value $515 million
• North Queensland Bio Energy: estimated value $520 million
• Austcane Energy Project – Ethanol: estimated value $210 million
• Townsville Stadium and Entertainment Centre Precinct: estimated value $350 million

Wide Bay

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 7,700 persons
• Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra (Section C): estimated value $624.3 million

Queensland Outback

Construction Industry Employment as at May 2015: 2,900 persons

• Etheridge Integrated Agricultural Project: status EIS stage, estimated value $1.977 billion
• South of Embley: status approved with conditions, estimated value $1.45 billion

 

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